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Well, in a lifelong Christmas tradition, I am once again sick for Christmas. But not complaining since this virus has been running around my system for a couple of months now and it is finally breaking out, so I am glad to see it go. My neighbors brought me fire-roasted tamales and hot sangria (in exchange for the cookies and jam I brought them yesterday) so that cleared my nose and helped a lot. And that's what Christmas is all about, anyway, sharing what you have with those around you. Good will to all. Cultural exchange for the win.

This is the first time in a long time I have felt a little of the Christmas spirit returning. There's still a little sadness mixed in (today would have been our 30th wedding anniversary) but overall I feel more hopeful and feeling a little more of that elation of giving to others and looking forward to the delighted surprises of Christmas morning. I even bought a tiny tree in a pot that we can plant out in the yard in the spring and hope the deer don't eat it. I've given up on decorating otherwise; can't even do my traditional Christmas tablecloth etc. because my dining table is still full of Japan from my son's trip. But we're together and that's what really counts.

Wishing you all these rare and precious moments of contentment and warmth.

Also letting you all know I'm going to be offline from the middle of January thru the beginning of February at various intervals. I'm going to be having cataract surgery, which, while usually a simple procedure, has an added risk for me due to the fact I have had retinal detachment in both eyes. There is a chance the procedure may trigger another tear or detachment. So fingers crossed I will come out of this retaining my eyesight.

Warm wishes to all for a lovely holiday season and a New Year full of self-discovery and joyous self-expression. In the words of the late great Stan Lee, EXCELSIOR!
  • Listening to: Yuletide by John Serrie
  • Reading: The Lady Most Willing by Quinn, James and Brockway
  • Eating: Christmas cookies
  • Drinking: Hot Rooibos Citron by Adagio

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Elizabeth
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
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My Etsy site: www.etsy.com/shop/SavingGraces

Current Residence: Somewhere in the aether
Favourite genre of music: Pretty much anything as long as it's upbeat
Favourite style of art: Art Nouveau/Pre-Raphaelite, Medieval
Favourite cartoon character: Desslok, Hipshot Percussion
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Kaslito Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
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RiEile Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2019
Thank you for faving my article!
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NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2019  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome! I learned some new things that I am looking forward to trying! Thank you for posting it!
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CreativeKittyDe Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the Llama
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DeathSuka Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lama Thank-you by DeathSuka  
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PointsForDevNews Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthankyousignplz: so much for the :points: :nuu: ~ all points collected go to renewing the sub for DevNews Starry Point Thanks 
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KittySib Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconllama-plz:Thank you for the llama!:D
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KaidokJ Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018   Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama :happybounce:

I knew a llama once. At least I thought I knew him. I mean, how well can anyone really know anyone, much less a llama. With their air of mystery and thinly veiled contempt. It’s hard. But I digress.
His name was Kevin. But for reasons I will never understand, he would only ever answer to Albert. Identity issues aside, things started out okay. The usual introductory sniffing and sneezing went well, despite his allergies, but then things started going downhill during the ritual licking phase of the pleasantries. We pushed through. And had it not been for the spitting, we might have even been able to make it work, but alas, after just 3 seconds of bittersweet brotherhood, we finally decided to part ways. It’s kind of sad, when you think about it. Spitting seems like such an innocent thing to fight over, but he was pretty adamant that I should stop and that was just never going to happen. We might have overcome that issue, but Kevin, like all llamas, was very competitive. First came the stench competitions. Then it was belching contests. And lastly, a painstaking count to see which one was hairier. You can clearly see why our relationship was doomed. The poor fellow was a bit of a sore loser.
So he snuck out, taking with him a failed friendship, an obliviously optimistic dread of the future, and my sixth favorite toothbrush. Now that he is gone, I can honestly say, it's for the best. He was too much of a chick magnet anyway and who needs that drama? :shakefist:

Full disclaimer, as Kevin’s official biographer, a position of which he blackmailed me into (don’t ask), I’ve been instructed to inform you about his ongoing series. The journey starts here with The Kevin Chronicles - Chapter 1, and this gallery contains the rest. You should check it out.

*End of cue card*

And don't worry, they're pretty short.
No pressure though, only if you want.

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Jorgipie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the watch, I appreciate all your support!! Bunny Emoji-10 (Loved) [V1]
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NevaSirenda Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :hug:
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